Saturday, October 29, 2011

Scenes from the Road

Hello darlings. This is one tired old broad. Last you heard from me, we were in Des Moines, Iowa. Well, since then, we've traveled through:




and now we are in:

That may sound like a lot of driving, but we've actually only gone around 1,000 miles! Since it is so late in the month for us to be coming down to Arizona, we are not touring, but just driving, stopping for the night, and leaving the next morning.

That means I had to just wave at this sign:

and hope that maybe we can stop there another time. This is the exit for the Madison County Bridges, made famous in the movie with Meryl  Streep and Clint Eastwood.

I am enjoying our ride down as far as the scenery goes.......the fall colors have been spectacular. There's the advantage for driving down later in the month! See for yourself.

I like how this vibrant red tree is standing right near a totally barren one!

We saw some interesting and/or funny things on the road:

Don't know what "Bob's" was, but it was awful inviting!
Saw this fancy semi-truck at a rest stop:

Let's zoom in on the extra large cab, shall we?

Notice the words "Smith&Wesson" in large letters?
You know, we see Harley Davidson stores everywhere we travel. But this is the FIRST time I saw one of these stores in a BARN! I actually did a double take and almost didn't get the picture taken!

I sure hope the employees don't wear bib overalls!
I saw this beautiful wagon train sculpture in Kansas as we were leaving our campground.

This guy stands about three stories high, just look how he dwarfs the big trucks in the parking lot! I think "Terrible's Casino" is a Terrible name! I wonder if anybody ever wins any money?

I found these telephone poles to be a little mesmerizing....I don't know if they were in the process of replacing them with the straight poles or what.

Out of the five campgrounds we've stayed at so far, two were really nice, three were, meh. The next two photos were taken at one of the nicer campgrounds.

And finally, we KNEW we were getting into the southwest when we saw one of these roll across the road:

Have a great rest of the weekend.


SUGAR MOON said...

I truly loved this post. I don't know if I could have passed up John Wayne's birthplace or the Bridges of Madison County that's too cool. Have a nice day.

SquirrelQueen said...

The colors are gorgeous. The one with the bright red tree and the barren one is my fav.

Terrible's has a casino and hotel in Vegas, we stayed there one lived up to it's name. :(

Valerie said...

Bridges of Madison County is one of my favourite films. I have the DVD so I can watch it regularly. Loved all the pictures, Pat, including the header.

Brian Miller said...

wow you are catching some pretty cool sights...intersting on the HD store in a looks cool...i like the cockeyed power poles too...that you have room for a hitchhiker from VA? smiles.

Gail said...

Those places would have been too tempting for me. John Wayne and Clint could you let Jim just drive by???

Jeannelle said...

Nice travel post! Fun to see the state welcome signs and all the great scenery!

Eva Gallant said...

thanks for sharing all the great photos!

Donna said...

Wow, that's SOME Sculpture!! Love All your shots!

Mama Zen said...

That's a lot of driving! The pictures are gorgeous.

Tes said...

Whoa.. you've been around, girl! Love the photos.. esp the beautiful fiery tree and that tumbleweed. Happy Halloween! :)

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

very cool! love the kansas pictures. even though i've lived here since 1984 i haven't really traveled much in kansas.

DesertHen said...

Wonderful and lovely views from the road!

TechnoBabe said...

That was a nice trip, and I didn't have to leave home. Thanks.

kisatrtle said...

Jealous of all you have seen!

Andy said...

Not only are you a tired broad but you are a lucky broad to be doing all this travelling. Thanks for all of the great tour photos.

Lynda said...

As always, whether you are stopping or not, your pics are always beautiful and very interesting! I love, love, love this post - - autumn pics and other fun stuff. The new header is gorgeous, too.

becky said...

Are you in AZ now? Did you honk & wave as you drove thru NM? Safe travels Pat!

Ebie said...

Pat, thanks for the tour! I love your photos. I see a glimpse of every State you pass through. I am sure that your blog header was taken recently. It is so golden and gorgeous!

labbie1 said...

OHMYGOSH! Do you know we have LIVED in each of those states?????? I mean, owned a house and actually lived in those states! Really! It's like a little bit of home--uh--homes...good times!

You know, we are in Missouri right now and I actually saw a bunch of tumbleweeds blowing across I-70 last week! I thought I was having a flashback to when we lived in NM! Crazy.

Great pix!

labbie1 said...

PS--I saw that Smith and Wesson truck too. It's hard to miss. Did you notice the Walther sign on it too? Wouldn't you just LOVE to see the inside of that tractor????? Well, the trailer would be cool too I bet! :)